Caretakers maintain and clean residential buildings, schools, offices, holiday camps, caravan parks and associated grounds.

Specialisations: Janitor.

You can work as a Caretaker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • filling out registration forms and providing tenants with copies of rules
  • collecting rent, and filling out and issuing receipts
  • cleaning common facilities, grounds and gardens, replacing light bulbs, checking fire hoses and extinguishers, and performing other cleaning and maintenance tasks
  • notifying management and owners of buildings of the need for major repairs
  • cautioning tenants regarding excessive noise, disorderly conduct and abuse of property
  • patrolling buildings to ensure security is maintained
  • purchasing cleaning supplies

All Caretakers

  • $1,299 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Unavailable Unemployment
  • 7,300 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 57% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 56 years Average age
  • 15% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Caretakers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 6,000 in 2014 to 7,300 in 2019.

Caution: The Australian jobs market is changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These estimates do not take account of the impact of COVID-19. They may not reflect the current jobs market and should be used and interpreted with extreme caution.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Location: Caretakers work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales and Queensland have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Accommodation and Food Services; and Administrative and Support Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,299 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: More than half work full-time (57%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 56 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (79%).
  • Gender: 15% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Caution: The 2019 employment projections do not take account of any impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and are therefore no longer reflective of current labour market conditions. As such, they should be used, and interpreted, with extreme caution. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.
YearNumber of Workers
20094500
20107100
20116600
20125200
20136400
20146000
20157500
20168000
20175900
20186000
20197300
20247700

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsCaretakersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings12991460

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Education and Training49.6
Accommodation and Food Services9.2
Administrative and Support Services8.8
Public Administration and Safety6.7
Other Industries25.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateCaretakersAll Jobs Average
NSW38.231.6
VIC17.925.6
QLD24.620.0
SA4.97.0
WA7.910.8
TAS2.22.0
NT2.11.0
ACT2.11.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketCaretakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.3-5.05.0
20-242.6-9.39.3
25-346.4-22.922.9
35-4410.8-22.022.0
45-5424.2-21.621.6
55-5917.6-9.09.0
60-6417.7-6.06.0
65 and Over19.4-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationCaretakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.9-10.110.1
Bachelor degree6.3-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma8.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV36.6-21.121.1
Year 1215.3-18.118.1
Year 115.5-4.84.8
Year 10 and below25.9-12.512.5

You can work as a Caretaker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Property Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Caretakers who are caring, trustworthy and responsible.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Public safety and security

    39% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  2. Customer and personal service

    38% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. English language

    37% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Administration and management

    34% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  5. Chemistry

    31% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 37-2011.00 - Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Spend time standing

    96% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    85% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Indoors, heat controlled

    84% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    83% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Unstructured work

    82% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 37-2011.00 - Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners.

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